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SERVE SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR EASTER: CALIFORNIA WINE; DISTINCTIVE WINES ENHANCE FRESH EASTER FLAVORS

 SAN FRANCISCO, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Easter falls just as the first fresh foods of spring come to market -- lamb, asparagus, strawberries and early greens. Not to mention the year's first wine releases. You can create a special Easter dinner with fresh food and fine wine.
 Choosing the perfect Easter wine depends on a variety of factors: what you're serving for dinner; your preferences; and how much you want to spend. Look here for this year's "egg-citing" picks:
 -- ivan tamas 1990 Trebbiano: a light, fruity white wine made from the Italian trebbiano grape. Very drinkable and made for guests who like fresh, distinctly elegant wine. Suggested retail price: $8. ivan tamas Trebbiano is a perfect complement to your festive pasta, chicken and fish dishes.
 -- Wente Bros. 1989 Estate Grown Chardonnay: a well-rounded white wine with fruity flavors and spicy undertones. Voted best California chardonnay priced under $10 by The Wine Spectator (1992), this delicious wine is a special treat for friends and family who enjoy lush white wine. Suggested retail price: $6 - 8. Wente Bros. Chardonnay is an ideal accompaniment to your Easter ham and turkey.
 -- Murrieta's Well 1991 Vendimia white: a harmonious blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes that makes a rich, complex white wine. With subtle fruit tastes and bright varietal notes in a well- rounded palate, Vendimia offers guests a uniquely full-flavored white wine experience. Suggested retail price: $22.50. Vendimia is best served with your holiday ham, poultry and fish entrees.
 -- Concannon Vineyard 1985 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah: a robust red wine that is full of flavor with a delicate, soft finish. Ideal for guests who enjoy spicy, fruity tastes in a moderate body wine. Suggested retail price: $14.95. Concannon Vineyard Petite Sirah enhances flavors in your special poultry and red meat dishes.
 -- Signorello 1989 Napa Valley Pinot Noir: a beautifully balanced red wine that offers rich fruit and spice tastes with subtle hints of chocolate and coffee in the finish. Considered one of the finest Pinot Noirs in the United States, this wine appeals to guests who desire a full-bodied wine with distinct character and flavor. Suggested retail price: $25. Pinot Noir is a wonderful addition to your spring leg of lamb meal.
 -- Ficklin Tinta Port: a deep, rich wine made from traditional Portuguese grape varieties. Served with fresh fruit and cheese, a glass of Ficklin Port is a delicious way to end your Easter meal! Suggested retail price: $10.
 Celebrate Easter with a special wine from California's renowned wine regions. The holiday never tasted so good!
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